Indiana man charged again after prompting bestiality law

HAMMOND, Ind. - Editor's Note: The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about a Lake County man charged with bestiality and two other felony counts. Michael C. Bessigano was arrested and charged in 2013, not last week.

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A man whose animal cruelty conviction led Indiana lawmakers to pass a law making sexual relations with animals a crime faces another charge of sexually abusing an animal.

Forty-two-year-old Michael C. Bessigano was arrested Friday at his Lake County home on charges of bestiality and two other felony counts.

The Times of Munster reports prosecutors allege Bessigano sexually abused and killed a guinea fowl at a Lowell park.

Bessigano served more than four years in prison for a 2002 animal cruelty conviction for having sex with a chicken and killing it.

He could not be charged with bestiality in that case because there was no law against it at the time. That case spurred lawmakers to pass a law making sexual relations with animals a crime.

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